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  • The Lilac-crowned Amazons, Amazona finschi

    The beautiful Lilac-crowned Amazon is endemic to the Pacific slopes of Mexico, from southeastern Sonora and southwest Chihuahua to southern Oaxaca, where they mostly inhabit humid pine-oak forests up to about 1,800 meters elevation. Lilac-crowns are on the small side, compared to other Amazon parrots, averaging 30.5 – 34.5 cm from head to the tip […]
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  • Preparing Canaries for Breeding

    The lead up to the breeding season is very important, as this is where the birds gain their fitness and vigour, so that they can go through the breeding cycle and support multiple nests of young birds, without becoming run down and either leaving the nest or dying. Preparation runs for the 3 months of […]
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  • Umbrella Cockatoo (Cacatua alba)

    The beautiful Umbrella Cockatoo, also sometimes referred to as the White Cockatoo, is a medium sized cockatoo weighing between 500 – 700grams and measuring 43-48cm. They are large parrots with impressive white plumage. They have been named due to their impressive, broad, backward bending crest, which opens and fans out like an umbrella. When their […]
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  • Big and Beautiful, the Scarlet Macaw

    Scarlet Macaws have been long prized in aviculture for their size and beauty. Not only are they among the largest parrots in the world, they also have amazing personalities. The Scarlet Macaws have especially long tails, which are often as long as their bodies. Scarlet Macaws are a brilliant red with yellow coverts on the […]
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  • CHATTERING LORY Lorius garrulous garrulous

    The Chattering Lory is a member of the genus Lorius. The members of this genus is unmistakable: large, stocky lories with longish, broad tails. All species have green wings, and red predominates in the body plumage. In the Chattering lory, the mantle is a darker shade of red and is sometimes marked with a few […]
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  • Hawk-headed Parrots

    The Hawk-headed Parrot is the only member in its genus and has for many years baffled taxonomists and naturalists regarding its relationship with other parrots. It has to be said that there seems to be a close relationship to the Pyrrhura conures, as the Hawk-headed parrot behaviour is very similar to theirs. The Hawk-headed Parrot […]
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  • Macaws in Aviculture. By Tony Silva

    For some years Arthur Alfred Prestwich was secretary of the British Avicultural Society, publisher of the prestigious Avicultural Magazine, which first appeared in print in 1894; the name of the society gave rise to the term aviculture, or the care and keeping of birds. In 1963 A.A. Prestwich published his “I Name This Parrot…”, the […]
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  • Breeding the Twelve-wired Bird of Paradise in Weltvogelpark Walsrode: Age is not an obstacle! By: Dipl.-Biol. Anne Hoppmann

    Hand-rearing Team: Veterinarian Andreas Frei, Biologist Jan Dams, Animal Keepers Wolfgang Magnus, Janina Gerbatsch, Sina Eggers and Kim-Jana Lang Birds of Paradise are among the world’s most well-known and famous bird species due to the often colourful and very exceptional plumage of the males. The small, up to middle sized passerine birds mostly live in […]
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  • Keeping and Breeding Barbets

    As I am sure you have noticed, our cover picture is a bit out of the ordinary, as we have a beautiful indigenous Barbet on the front of this issue. This photo and some of the others in the article were taken by Louis Bothma, and it inspired us to do an article on keeping […]
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  • Lavender Waxbills By Gerhard Hofmann

    For many aviculturists, the Lavender Waxbill is without doubt among the most fascinating and attractive Estrildid finches. In the past, the species was readily available and as imports also cheap. As a consequence only a few breeders invested their time and devotion to successfully breed this species. In Germany you could get a pair for […]
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